Lewis W. Diuguid

Enjoy the reefers for now in Washington, Colorado, Justice Department says

Updated: 2013-08-31T23:11:08Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

People in Washington and Colorado who enjoy smoking marijuana and not having to worry about a drug bust are puffing a little easier now that the Justice Department has decided that states can let folks use the wacky weed, issue licenses to grow it and enable adults to buy it in stores.

Marijuana just has to be kept away from minors (like alcohol is today), the black market and remain off federal property. Washington and Colorado voters in November decided to legalize marijuana use in those states, The Associated Press reports.

It’s a substantive pull back in the war on drugs and a far cry from the hysteria prompted by the 1936 film, “Reefer Madness.” But dope smokers in Washington, Colorado and other states that might take the plunge shouldn’t get too comfortable.

Once President Barack Obama’s term is over and a new attorney general is put in place perhaps under a conservative Republican president, the tables could turn making marijuana a no-no drug again. Three years is hardly enough time to set up a budding industry only to have it possibly shut down after 2016,

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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